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Dustin Laurenzi

Chicago saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi has developed a distinctly personal approach to improvisation and composition that has garnered the attention of the city's creative music community. Recognized for his “offbeat approach to articulating harmonies and constructing melodies” (NextBop), Dustin's music is inspired and informed by jazz, folk, improvised music, and contemporary classical music. His wide range of influences and inventive improvisational sensibilities have made him a sought-after musician in many circles of Chicago's rich music scene.

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“Laurenzi plays with a beguiling cool that belies the sophistication and flexibility of his lines” Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader ​ ​ ”Laurenzi’s playing here is superbly winning; it’s like listening to a human voice.” Robert Rodi, Newcity Music ​ ​ ”Laurenzi plays with a sense of economy, using a strong narrative to make points without the need to show flash.” Michael Shanley, Shanley On Music ​ “Laurenzi’s tenor tone has something in common with cool players such as Zoot Sims. However, Laurenzi’s soloing — not aggressively radical, yet still steering clear of any clichés — is more along the lines of fellow Chicagoan Ken Vandermark.” Jack Walton, South Bend Tribune ​ ”...Laurenzi instead went for emphasizing those lines that showed an offbeat approach to articulating harmonies and constructing melodies.” Alex Marianyi, Nextbop ​ ​ ”...a modern voice and a quiet storm.” Mike Lebrun, The Woodshed Blog
Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Kenosha, WI

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Discography

Videos

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